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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 18, 2011 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

I actually think that the remote location and relatively steep ticket prices kept a lot of the wooks away. Not that there weren't a lot of dirty hippies, but the sketch factor was actually pretty low.

I enjoyed the show, overall. My expectations weren't that high though. I'd hoped that Bob would sound better, but he did an okay job in the end.

Jerry leaves a huge hole, though. I don't care who you get to fill in for Garcia, this band -- no matter how well they play -- simply cannot recreate that same sense of excitement and anticipation felt by the crowd when Jerry walked out onstage. Seeing Garcia always felt like this incredibly rare opportunity to be in the room with one of the all-time greats. Furthur does a decent job of playing GD songs, but I kept asking myself: Does any of it really matter?

And WTF is the obsession with glowsticks these days?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 18, 2011 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

JGB drummer Dave Kemper was once asked, "What do you think the audience wanted?"
DK: "That's easy: the audience just wanted to be in a room with Jerry. They didn't care if they were hearing fast music or slow music; they wanted to be in the same room with Jerry. That's all I could see. And it didn't matter if it was good or bad or who he had on stage with him.... And I don't blame them. Being in the same room with Jerry was a pretty damn wonderful place to be."

Phil once said that after '95, "It was really hard to make the decision to tour at all, for me, because after Jerry's death I didn't really want to do it. I didn't think I wanted to play music with anybody but him. He was the reason I joined the band in the first place."

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 18, 2011 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

Dave Kemper pegged me. And you. And you. And you.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 19, 2011 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

Yes, he did ! It is hard to explain to people the deep love for this man, that wasn't just some celeb hero worship .
I salute the guys for going out there and seriously trying to make some real and interesting , music . For a Jerry-less world this is some good stuff .